Dover receives large donation

Dover receives large donation

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At the Dover Council meeting on Dec. 19, Secret Santa sent funds to council member Sandy Moss to complete a memorial to Dover’s K-9 officer Rex, who passed away in February after retiring due to health issues.

Dover patrolman William Nedrow, who was the handler for Rex, delivered the news and a check for $15,000 to Moss. The donation will cover the costs of the memorial, and if any funds are left over, they will go to the training and care of police dogs working for the city.

The effort had only raised about $2,000 prior to the donation. Last spring the cost was estimated to be around $17,000. Council members had suggested Moss ask the community for donations after council member Greg Bair successfully raised funds for a new veterans monument in downtown Dover.

The memorial will feature a bronze police dog. Rex was a Belgian Malinois, and below the statue will be space for paw-print metal plates for the dog’s names. The statue would be placed on the square by the police station.

“Merry Christmas to us. I’ve been praying for this, and I wasn’t getting a great response. So I am just so happy right now,” Moss said as she thanked the anonymous donor. “It’s unbelievable.”

Moss will meet with auditor Nicole Stoldt to get the statue ordered, and the project will take six months to complete.

Nedrow identified the donor only as a relative who has been a big supporter of the K-9 program and who loved Rex. The donor wants to keep the legacy of the K-9 officers alive. Nedrow worked with Rex for eight years.

K-9s are an important part of the police department, and anyone who would like to donate to their care can send donations to the City of Dover.

In the mayor’s report, Shane Gunnoe said the last visit to Santa’s house on the square would be Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 6-8 p.m. Gunnoe said Santa even witnessed a couple get engaged this year.

“A reminder that beginning on the January billing cycles, residents will notice the removal of the capital water surcharge on their utility bills. The rate reduction will be $5.95 per month, totaling $71.40 per year for all residential customers,” Gunnoe said.

The change will include all residents who get water from the city including those in Parral.

The city is currently accepting applications for the positions of information technology assistant, utility line worker, utility meter reader, police dispatcher and qualified police officers. Information is available at www.doverohio.com.

The Dover compost collection site will close for the year on Friday, Dec. 23, and plans are to reopen the site on Saturday, April 1.

Gunnoe said the planning commission has set a public hearing for Jan. 10 regarding the possible construction of a new triplex on West Fifth Street.

Copies of Dover Light and Power Plant’s 2022 annual report were distributed, and Gunnoe gave an update on the cost-saving measures they had been trying to implement all year.

“You will see that, year to date, in 2022 through legislative changes and administrative oversight, we have saved $303,235 versus 2021 from four plant vendors,” Gunnoe said. “Those vendors are Trinity Consultants, RCR Services, IMC and SSOE. As we move into 2023, city administration will work to continue finding savings at the power plant for our ratepayers, as well as to keep our plant operating at top performance.”

Dover City Municipal Offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays.

A number of ordinances were adopted at the meeting including Emergency Ordinance 68-22, which authorized the sale by internet auction of personal property including motor vehicles, road machinery, equipment, tools, or supplies no longer needed, obsolete or unfit for use. Identified are a 2004 Chevy ½ ton pickup truck, a 2000 International 4700 dump truck, a 1994 Vactor 2100 series vacuum truck and a 2008-2010 model truck cap that includes a heater, shelving and work bench.

Emergency Ordinance 69-22 was approved. It is a temporary appropriation ordinance for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2023. The ordinance estimates the amount of the money the city will need in the new year, which is now set at a total of $67,633,380.54 for 2023. Stoldt expects that amount will rise somewhat as the city is currently at 74 million in appropriations for 2022.

“I think in the end, once we do the permanent appropriations and bump some of the things up that we weren’t able to because of the budget we had to submit, I think we’ll be real close to where we are this year,” Stoldt said. “I will give kudos to all the department heads. I met with everybody. They took their time, went through all their budgets and submitted everything to me that they thought they would have. So I do feel like this is a pretty good estimate of where we’ll be for the year.”

Emergency Ordinance 71-22 will require the registration and maintenance of vacant residential and commercial properties in most cases. The ordinance will help the city keep a handle on vacant properties that could benefit from a demolition and revitalization program by the State of Ohio. If there is a problem with a property, the city will know the person or company to contact. It was noted there are about 28 vacant homes and about five businesses that are known to be vacant at this time.

Emergency Ordinance 72-22 was adopted to raise the pay rates for Memorial Hall security and maintenance employees, school crossing guards, and part-time seasonal help. Memorial Hall security and maintenance employees and the Deis Hill watchman will earn $12 per hour in 2023. School crossing guards will earn $13 per hour.

For part-time, seasonal and concession employees, the rates per hour will be as follows: pool supervisor at $18, which will include swim lessons performed at Dover Pool; life guards at $12 with head life guards at $12.75; concession manager at $13; and all seasonal concession and seasonal department employees not listed above at $10.75.

Seasonal trainee line workers with the electric field department will receive $12 per hour.

Most of the base rates come with a 10 cent increase per hour for each year of continuous employment with the city.

The next meeting will be held Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with various committee meetings starting at 7 p.m.